It’s that time of year again folks…RECORD STORE DAY is back and in full effect for 2017!
April 22nd can’t come soon enough, and we’ve got a bevy of eclectic offerings this year that we can’t wait to share with you! From a transcendent box set of minimalist piano compositions to a never-before-released cult movie soundtrack to a partnership with a popular surf/skate brand, we are all over the place this year:
First, Light In The Attic is ecstatic to bring you the music of Gurdjieff / de Hartmann! The music collected here represents an extraordinary collaboration between the Greek-Armenian spiritual teacher, G. I. Gurdjieff and Russian composer, Thomas de Hartmann. From 1923-1929, they worked closely at Gurdjieff’s institute outside Paris, translating into European notation the music he composed on his travels in the Middle East and Central Asia. Informally recorded in the 1950s, the tapes were never intended to be heard by the public. At the piano, de Hartmann’s performance is stark and stripped down, allowing the listener to revel in resonance while capturing remarkable depth and meaning.
First vinyl reissue with new artwork, this Record Store Day exclusive 5-LP box set collects all of Gurdjieff / de Hartmann’s compositions, including seven pieces never before on vinyl. Limited to 1,000 copies, includes essays, archive photos and download card – all housed in “tip-on” jackets and slipcase designed by Chris Campbell. Remastered from original analog tapes.
Next, we bring you the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Ciao! Manhattan. The original Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Edie Sedgwick’s role in David Weisman’s 1973 film saw Warhol’s Factory darling follow a path that all but mirrored her own reality. A dizzying cocktail of narcotics, art parties, & delusions of grandeur, The Village Voice once called Ciao! “The Citizen Kane of the drug generation”. The mood of the soundtrack is deeply evocative of the era, and beautifully captures the psychedelic spirit of the film, as well as the darkness and tragedy that characterized Edie’s life.
For a movie starring some of rock’s great muses, the soundtrack fittingly features cult figures of the era: Richie Havens (“Shouldn’t All The World Be Dancing”, “To Give All Your Love Away”, “I Can’t Make It Anymore”), John Phillips (“Malibu People”) and Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers member Skip Battin, who performs Kim Fowley’s “Citizen Kane”. Other artists are less well-known, including actor Kim Milford, who sings the stirring “Justice”, and Factory man Gino Piserchio, an artist and dear friend of Weisman, whose synthesizer compositions anchor the score. Never before released in any format, and limited to 2,000 copies on “Angel Shock” color wax, this long-overdue pressing includes all of the above plus selected dialogue from the film, each snippet like a beat poem in its own way.
Finally, our soundtrack imprint Cinewax is teaming up with influential California-based board sports and lifestyle brand Volcom to release the original soundtrack to their 2015 surf film Psychic Migrations. To match the cinematic poetry of this psychedelic surf journey, a suitable soundtrack was necessary: proto-New Age piano music by Gurdjieff / de Hartmann, drone jams from Bitchin Bajas and Al Lover, and garage-psych from Thee Oh Sees, Cave and White Fence. The package is completed with a deluxe gatefold jacket, housing double “Pitted Pink” vinyl and a digital download card for both the film and soundtrack. Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide.
In addition to our official LITA RSD releases, the LITA Record Shop in Seattle will be carrying over 150 additional official Record Store Day titles.
HAPPY RECORD STORE DAY Y’ALL!!!